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Dialysis Access Creation
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Dialysis Access Creation

You may already know that before you can receive dialysis, you need to have an access placed. Your dialysis access is your lifeline and a critical factor in enabling you to obtain the best dialysis treatment possible. Gaining an understanding of the 4 types of dialysis access will help you determine which type of dialysis access is right for you. Which access is the best for you will depends on many factors and a detailed discussion should occur between you and your vascular specialist before deciding which route to take.

Haemodialysis is a method in which a tube is inserted into a patient’s bloodstream to allow blood to travel from your body to the dialysis machine, where it can be cleaned and returned back into the bloodstream.

  • Central venous catheter (CVC)

  • Arteriovenous fistula (AV Fistula)

  • Arteriovenous graft (AV Graft)

Another type of dialysis, called peritoneal dialysis, which uses the inner abdominal wall lining and a specialized sterile solution to clean the blood inside your body, requires a different type of access known as:

  • Peritoneal dialysis catheter (PD Catheter)

Dialysis Access

  • Central venous catheter (CVC)
  • Arteriovenous fistula (AV Fistula)
  • Arteriovenous graft (AV Graft)
  • Peritoneal dialysis catheter (PD Catheter)